AZZURRI

Cesare Prandelli admits “Mario Balotelli is not like the others, but we want him to be a player and not a personality.”
Italy could qualify for the European Under-21 Championship semi-finals with a win against hosts Israel tonight.
Gigi Buffon again stands up for Mario Balotelli, suggesting he is provoked “because it’s the only way they can stop him.”
Cesare Prandelli was glad Mario Balotelli apologised, but warned “he has to understand he’ll always be provoked and mustn’t lose his calm.”
Italy’s opponents Mexico have confirmed their Confederations Cup squad and shirt numbers.
Mario Balotelli has publicly apologised for his red card and furious reaction. “I need to learn... still.”
“Italy and Holland are the strongest teams in the tournament,” said Israel Coach Guy Luzon ahead of tonight’s Under-21 clash.
Italy continue their European Under-21 Championships tonight against hosts Israel and Ciro Immobile feels “it’ll be tougher than England.”
Alberto Aquilani insisted the 0-0 draw with the Czech Republic “was not such a poor performance.”
Mario Balotelli took to Twitter to vent his frustration at the red card against the Czech Republic. “You can support another country.”
Brazil have lost Leandro Damiao for the Confederations Cup, calling in Atletico Mineiro forward Jo instead.
Gigi Buffon defended Mario Balotelli and felt Italy rarely give their best in June after he rescued a 0-0 draw in the Czech Republic.
Cesare Prandelli insisted “it was a very valuable point” against the Czech Republic, but he will lecture Mario Balotelli after the dismissal.
Mario Balotelli was sent off, but Gigi Buffon’s heroics earned Italy a goalless draw in the Czech Republic.
Italy won their European Under-21 Championship opener and Devis Mangia warns hosts Israel will be “tough” tomorrow.
Milan trio Mario Balotelli, Stephan El Shaarawy and Riccardo Montolivo lead the way as Italy face the Czech Republic tonight.
Lazio midfielder Cristian Ledesma “is very disappointed with Cesare Prandelli” after receiving only one Italy cap.
Marco Verratti ignored questions on whether he’ll join Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid. “We’ll see...”
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has given his thoughts on the possibility of Daniele De Rossi leaving hometown club Roma this summer.
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli insists his side will be looking for victory against the Czech Republic on Friday.
Cesare Prandelli has named the Italy side that will take on the Czech Republic in Friday’s World Cup qualifier.
Mario Balotelli has his eye on becoming the top scorer in the history of the Italian national side – although he has doubts whether he can do it.
Tomas Rosicky has reflected that the Czech Republic are aware of a particular weakness of Italy’s ahead of tomorrow.
Luca Marrone’s European Under-21 Championship may already be over after the Juventus man suffered an injury in the 1-0 win over England.
Italy won’t start thinking about the Confederations Cup until after Friday’s World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic, says Leonardo Bonucci.